Parenting would be a whole lot easier if we knew from the get-go that we were setting our kids up for a successful life. Sure, you can love them and feed them and clothe them and play with them, but what if there was just ONE thing that made all the difference? Maybe there is. Would you believe it could come down to how you name your baby?
Sounds pretty far-fetched? Well, you don't have to take our word for it! Psychologists Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of the University of Southampton and Eric R. Igou of the University of Limerick have come up with one simple baby naming rule you can't afford to ignore!
Are you ready for this?
Give your baby a middle name! Hey, we said it was simple, didn't we?
According to the study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, when people use their middle initial, it makes people think more highly of you. In other words -- if you give your kid a middle name to use, it will help them get more respect.
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Now this is some news Rodney Dangerfield coulda used!
The best part of this study is that it doesn't matter WHAT middle name you give your child -- because it's really just about the first letter. So if you are one of those parents who give their kiddo a "normal" first name but go a little quirky for the second moniker, you're all good. You can still let your freak flag fly a little bit when you're picking the middle name because your kid can hide behind that one consonant or vowel.
If you're the type of parents who struggled so much over the first name that you've decided it's not worth the fight to come up with a second one, however, might we suggest you get back to the drawing board? Your baby's future is depending on you!
How are you picking a middle name?
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